My odyssey of stitching a HAED has begun . . . I started my QS Lotus Wood on 9/1/09 about 10 pm. I thought it'd be funny to start it on the same day as the term @ Hogwarts starts. It took me longer than I thought it would but I think it's partially because I'm not used to stitching on 25-ct over 1 with 2 strands of floss and partially because I'm railroading both legs. I'm going to try to stitch at least a little every day and take lots of pics. (She makes me think of my d&d character, Tannith, tho I will need to change the hair color and give her a pointy ear.) I would be absolutely thrilled if I could be done with the bottom row of pages by my birthday, but I'm not going to have a conniption if that (admitidly more than likely unrealistic) goal isn't met. My poor little ancient gerbil has been keeping me company and taking naps on my shoulder and asking me if she can't go back in her box now? lol I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her take shape.
Just to remind you what the HAED/Tannith looks like:
The blank fabric - 25 count lugana, being stitched over 1 with 2 strands of floss. The color doesn't matter since you won't see it. (Cheap on eBay for the size I wanted.) The needle shows you where I am starting the piece.
All the floss that will be turned into my pretty picture. Tho I do need to change the color to red and give her a pointy ear.
This is the first stitch . . . just as confucius says about the journey of 1000 miles beginning with a single step, thus the journey of 58,900 stitches began with this one. Oh ok, purchasing the design, fabric, and floss had to happen first also with deciding to stitch this picture rather than another one . . . but you get the point.
Here is the first wip pic of it - I estimate I've gotten about 4 squares done, give or take (I don't stitch the whole square I go with the flow sort of, so this is more of a guestimate plus no lines between the squares) which means that I've gotten about 400 or so stitches done. 58,500 to go I suppose. Not bad for about 6 hours worth of work?
Ok off I go to get me some of this rare and precious commodity we call "sleep" . . . well after I put Paige back in her cage.